After a few days in the intensive care unit (ICU), the attending doctor diagnosed me with transverse myelitis and mentioned that I would never walk again. I was completely devastated. But with prayer, faith, and support from my family, a few weeks after my diagnosis I began moving the fingers on my left arm. That was the beginning of my recovery. With physical and occupational therapy, I began regaining sensation in my body and building my strength once more. The recovery process was long (years) and, many times, frustrating. But I am now able to use my story to show others that miracles still happen.
Now, moving forward to 2020, I confronted a new diagnosis. With similar symptoms – back pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of strength – I ended up back in the hospital. After extensive testing and screenings, I was informed that I have CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy). This is another rare neuroimmune disorder very similar to Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Thankfully, my recovery time was much quicker this time around – just a few weeks.